My passion for basketry was ignited by the Native American basket exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. The variations possible through changing weaving techniques, shapes, colors, materials, and decorations have inspired my weaving for over 3 decades. I enjoy looking at a material and analyzing its possible structural use as “bones” (ribs or warp) of a basket or “skin” (weft or weaver).
I weave with locally harvested natural items, grape and honeysuckle vines, pine needles, yucca leaves, and tree barks as well as imported reed. Since 1997 I’ve included man-made materials, new and recycled, such as ropes, belts and cords, plastics, paper, piano strings, and even communication wires in large randomly woven baskets. These one-of-a-kind baskets conform to the weaver’s tradition of using materials readily available in the environment.
I hope that viewers stop to appreciate these unique works as a combination of traditional techniques and contemporary materials!
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12821 Bailey Bridge Road
Midlothian, VA, VA 23112